In 1863, Lucy Audubon, sold her entire collection of original Audubon watercolors to the New-York Historical Society. This collection is definitive in that Audubon never sold or disbursed any of these paintings that were used or intended to be used for his famous work, "The Birds of America". In 2006, in collaboration with the New-York historical Society, Oppenheimer Editions introduced "Audubon's Fifty Best Watercolors", the first fine art printing of Audubon's original watercolors.
Based upon the success of Audubon's Fifty Best Watercolors, we are working in union with the New-York Historical Society to complete a monumental undertaking to recreate every Audubon original in their collection, a total of 475 works of art. The process will take years to complete. The edition is limited to 200 prints of each image and 13 artist proof sets to be offered as complete sets. This collection, when completed, will serve multiple purposes, allowing institutions access to these important images for esthetic as well as scholarly purposes. Also, individual art collectors and Audubon enthusiasts will, for the first time, be able to enjoy the quality of Audubon's original paintings which previously have largely been known only through his published work as nineteenth century engravings. Please inquire about delivery dates and pricing for individual prints and complete sets.